Trying to recap The Ragnar Napa Valley race in one post is quite the monumental task. So much happens, running and otherwise, during the 36 hour adventure that it is difficult to summarize. I am going to do my best to give you a snapshot. In case you are not familiar, a typical Ragnar race is a team of 12 runners (or 6 ultra) who run 3 times each in a period of 36 hours to cover 200 or so miles. Sound a little wacky? Maybe it is but it sure is the best kind of wacky.
Ragnar Napa Valley-Will Run For Wine
Our adventure started as we flew into San Francisco Wednesday evening staying in the financial district. We certainly got an eyeful and a nose full of all San Fran had to offer. Literally saw this guy walking down the street butt naked. I will spare you the front view. We also continuously got whiffs of all kinds of pot smoking all day and all night as it is now legal in California.
Let the fun begin! Next it was time to decorate the vans. We love to put all our pics on the windows and place check marks next to our names as we finish each leg of our runs.
Early wake up Friday for our 5:30 am start. It was so dark out there and surprisingly chilly. We donned all of our safety gear and headed to the start line.
I was runner #2 and as my run began about a mile away from the Golden Gate Bridge, I could not see a thing. At around 6 am the sun had not yet begun to rise. I slowly made my way upwards on a sandy trail and unfortunately did not see a concrete barrier and took a little tumble. Thankfully, I was wearing pants and just came away with a little bruise. Once I got closer to the bridge, it was just epic. I was super energized and quickly made it over to the other side to hand off the baton to the next runner.
As our runners made their way out of San Fran and towards wine country, the van followed and we continued to leap frog each other. Our transitions were really smooth and we had no problems with directions. There were, however, numerous last minute course changes that significantly altered the mileage of most of the runners.
We had a chance to meet up with van 2 at the first major exchange in Petaluma where we handed off to them. We would then have a few hours to rest while they ran.
After a nice lunch, we decided to go to a nearby park and see if we could find a place to rest for bit. While my team mates had not problem laying out their sleeping bags in the grass, as soon as I saw a small snake in the grass I was out. I high tailed it right back to the van. I do not do snakes!
Who am I kidding? There is no way to recap this in one post.Hope you will come back Friday to read part 2 of my Ragnar Napa Valley race.